“Niyooganeb-Atik Dodem”
Robert Horton, age 61, of Rainy River First Nations/ Manitou Rapids, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, at the Emo Hospital in Emo, Ont.
Robert was born on Jan. 26, 1947 to Irene Horton. He spent his childhood surrounded by his family on Manitou Rapids. In 1956 he left to attend Saint Margarite Residential School in Fort Frances and the Assiniboine Residential School in Winnipeg, Man., where he attended for five years.
Robert was a strong and proud Anishinabe man. He worked diligently to provide for his family, spending time as a logger, fisherman, court worker and education counsellor.
Robert’s devotion to his family gave him the courage to battle multiple health conditions. He took a brave stand and demonstrated an unsurpassed willpower to live life to its fullest, cherishing each day he had with his family and friends.
Robert took great pride in being a grandfather of 10. His grandchildren provided him with the energy and inspiration to enjoy each day.
Robert will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife, Berla; his children, Marcel (Lisa), Derek (Laura), Tammy(Carlos), Darryl, Heather (Elias), Jonathan Medicine, Curtis Medicine, and Kristi Medicine; his grandchildren, Haiven, Trinity, Grace, Edward, Dawnis, Angel, Marcus, Shurelle, Lucius, and Hazel-Mae; siblings, Vernon and Gaylord, brother-in-law, Joe Medicine (Florence); sister-in-law, Liza Medicine, and numerous extended family and friends.
Robert was predeceased by his mother and grandparents Mary and Jim Horton.
A wake will be held on Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, from 3 p.m. at the Rainy River First Nations Gymnasium.
A traditional funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Rainy River First Nations Gymnasium with Elder Charles Nelson officiating. Interment will take place in the family cemetery on Rainy River First Nations.
The active pallbearers will be Faron Caribou, Bill Tucker, Darwin Woods, Elvis Debungie, Brian Shebagegit, Wes Debungie, Tony Bombay and Dean Wilson.
The honourary pallbearers will be Doug Horton, Delbert Horton, Colleen Smith, Dennis Smith, Lou Ann Bombay, Allan Wilson, Rupert Hunter, Jackie DeBenedet, Tom Burns, Bessie Mainville and Clifford Tuesday.
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Fort Frances Dialysis Unit, 110 Victoria Avenue, Fort Frances, ON. P9A 3M8 or in care of Green Funeral Home, Box 427, Fort Frances, ON P9A 3M8.
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